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Truck driver training school to be offered

Oct. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- Lawrence County will soon be home to a new truck driver training school.

The four-week program is a partnership between Southern State Community College and the Ohio Strategic Training Center, Inc., which is located at the Point Industrial Park in South Point.

An information session is planned for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Ohio Strategic Training Center Office, 216 Collins Ave., South Point. Representatives from the training center and the Truck Driving Academy will be available.

"We are pleased to announce the newest location for Southern State's TDA program," John Joy, SSCC Dean of Workforce Development and Community Service said in a news release. "The partnership agreement will be beneficial to all those who are interested in pursuing truck driving as a viable and financially rewarding career option."

The program will grant Class A and B CDLs on completion of 160 classroom hours, which can be attained in either four or eight weeks. The four-week program meets in the daytime, Monday through Friday, and the eight-week program meets Saturdays. New class groups begin on a two-week, pre-arranged schedule. All course work will be offered by Southern State Truck Driving Academy at the South Point training center.

The course begins with learning essential driving skills, regulations, safety and basic mechanical systems. Students then move into the truck for realistic exercises on a closed course. As confidence is gained, students will drive on low-traffic roadways and city streets with tractor-trailer combinations, advance to road driving, combine classroom instruction with driving skills, refine knowledge, and practice on controlled courses designed to help increase confidence on the open road, according to the news release.

During the last week of training, students will fine-tune driving, routing and paperwork skills and learn advanced shifting techniques and handling a rig under differing road conditions. Students will be able to complete runs on congested city throughways, handle common roadside mechanical repairs, and shift like a professional. Students then go through a thorough review and practice test before taking the Commercial Driver's License Exam.

For more information, contact Scott Howard at 740-377-4550 or scott@ohiotraining.net. To apply to Southern State's Truck Driving Academy, call 1-800-628-7722, ext. 4560, or email TDA@sscc.edu.